It was the first night that everyone was in the office, and Reno had his legs in Rude’s lap, his cards drooping a little, but not enough for anyone to see. He grinned wickedly at Elena as she doled out the cards, and she just rolled her eyes.
“Ready to lose big tonight Reno?” she asked with a smirk as she looked at her own cards, her face immediately falling. She never did have a good poker face, Reno thought, and that got him thinking about the others. Rude had a good poker face, though everyone insistent that he keep his glasses off when they played, only because it wouldn’t be fair. He, Reno, thought, had a rather good poker face, if only the fact that he kept it in on position for the whole time and didn’t move an inch. Elena didn’t have a good poker face at all, and Tseng was close behind Rude. Wait, Tseng….
“Yo, boss-man, joining us for the night?” Reno said with a lackadaisical grin, tilting his head back to see Tseng and Rufus at the door, Rufus peering behind Tseng to see what was going on.
“C’mon, you can’t be worried about losing too much gil,” Reno added as an incentive, and Rufus took the bait, hook line and sinker. He wasn’t one to turn down something like that now, was he? Second, he wasn’t about to lose.
And so that is how it came to be, Tseng, Elena, Rude, Reno, and Rufus all sitting around a tiny folding table that had been erected in the middle of the room by Reno, piles of gil in various sizes around the table, with Elena or Tseng doling out the cards in a mechanical fashion. It really is nice tonight, Reno couldn’t help but think as he checked his cards and bit back a groan, seeing how bad they were, and knowing that he would start losing gil pretty soon.
“Two of a kind,” he said once everyone had gotten their cards and had switched them in the pile, laying the red and black cards out on the table, shrugging his shoulders. Rufus smirked and laid his cards out as well.
“A royal flush,” he said with the knowledge of a superior card shark, even if he had to be taught the game at first. Elena groaned and threw her cards down on the table, seeing as she had nothing and Tseng’s lips quirked a bit at her reaction, laying his down as well, seeing as he had nothing. Rude waited a second; drawing out the suspense, before he laid his cards down as well, and seeing nothing, Rufus smirked in everyone’s direction.
“Pay up,” he said victoriously, and Reno grumbled as he paid him, his pile of gil being almost cut in half, while everyone else’s was only reduced by a quarter, seeing as they had decided to play it safe for once.
“Fuck,” he said, and that would be his word for the rest of the night, as his pile steadily grew smaller by the game. At one point Elena had tentatively asked if maybe he should just quit, but Reno has brushed her off, saying he was going to get his money back from that ‘three piece wearing bastard’. Rufus just laughed at that and laid down another good set of cards, winning the rest of Reno’s money, half of Elena’s and Tseng’s, and most of Rude’s.
“I’m beginning to like this game,” Rufus said, and the rest groaned inwardly or outwardly, knowing that this was one game that they all would wish they had not taught the President.